Virtus is the training model used in conjunction with the Decree on Child Protection of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Anyone having contact with children as a volunteer or Archdiocese employee must be trained in the Decree. All other Catholics of the Archdiocese are urged to be familiar with its contents as well.
To gain approval for volunteering or working with children there are several requirements which must be met before approval will be granted. The steps are easy, affordable and streamlined, knowing how valuable your time is.
- As a Volunteer or employee you are required to attend a Virtus Training Session and have an “online” background check done. You should register for one of the many Virtus Sessions offered throughout the Archdiocese by going to www.virtus.org. Since you can take the training anywhere, it is important to make sure you list your home parish or institution when registering. Once you have registered, attend the session you signed up for. These Sessions are generally about 3 hours long.
- You can also do your “online” background check when you register for a class. It is easy and the $25.00 cost can be charged to your credit card. We do not offer tokens for background checks. By having your background done at the same time you register for a Session, you help streamline the process and reduce the amount of time it takes to gain approval.
- The last requirement is to read a monthly bulletin about child protection or other pertinent topics. This bulletin is sent out each month from Virtus. It takes only minutes and you never know what you might learn about protecting your or other children. The few minutes you sacrifice could make a huge difference in the life of a child.
Employees are required to do all of the above along with manual fingerprinting as a requirement of the Archdiocese. All licensing background checks or state requirements remain in effect for all employees.
Virtus training sessions are held at St. Teresa of Avila the second Thursday of each month, except July and December. Sessions are held in the Undercroft and begin promptly at 6:45 PM. Children are not permitted and no late arrivals will be admitted.
If you have questions, please feel free to call Mr. Bill Thoman at the Parish Office. More information can be found at http://www.virtus.org/virtus/